Physical therapy is used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal disorders (conditions that interfere with the function of the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons, as well as the spine). Physical therapy also helps reduce the patient’s physical pain as well as to relieve or restore mobility. In addition, Winnipeg physical therapy can often reduce the need for long-term prescription drug use.
Physical therapists also teach patients how to take care of their condition, especially the elderly, so they can have a good quality of life in the long term. Typically, therapists examine patients and develop programs of therapeutic techniques that can help relieve pain, restore function and prevent disability.
Recover with Physical Therapy
Therapists provide care for all people with a variety of disabilities, including three medical conditions that require physical therapy.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one patient’s spine (vertebra) is shifted in front of another bone. This situation is more common in the lower bones (lumbosacral region). A physical therapy program is an effective way of treating spondylolisthesis. This therapy can strengthen the patient’s muscles that support the spine and can educate the patient how to keep the spine safe and prevent future injuries.
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease, but is a term used to describe the symptoms of pain and weakness or cramps that a patient experiences due to degenerating discs in the spine.
It is important to note that degenerative disc disease is never completely “cured”; when the patient’s discs begin to degenerate, the process is irreversible. By doing so, the physical therapist will help the patient learn how to walk and limit movement to avoid pain.If needed, patients can also be taught how to improve posture and apply certain ergonomic principles in their daily activities. In addition, patients will learn good habits and principles that allow them to take care of their bodies and avoid positions that can cause pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that has the potential to affect not only the patient’s joints. In fact, in some sufferers, this condition can damage a large number of body systems; including the eyes, lungs, skin, heart and blood vessels.
Physical therapy is a non-surgical therapy for rheumatoid arthritis that can be effectively used to relieve inflammation and joint pain. This therapeutic technique can also restore the patient’s muscle, body and flexibility movement, so that the patient has more strength to fight pain arising from the disease.
You can undergo physical therapy as a single therapy, or use it together with other types of medication, such as surgery. Physical therapy can be performed in a variety of conditions. Apart from hospitals, physical therapy can also be performed in outpatient clinics, home care, rehabilitation facilities for fitness and sports centers, and even at school and at work. Make sure you seek out a certified physical therapist or physical therapy trainer to get the most out of this therapy.